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Film / Jungleground

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Junglergound is a 1995 Canadian Action Genre film starring Roddy Piper.

Jake Cornell is a police lieutenant on a sting operation in Jungleground. What's Junglegroud, you may ask? It's a section of the city that's such a complete Wretched Hive that any cop who goes there in uniform is guaranteed to die. And Jake's just been discovered by Odin, a crime boss trying to control the whole area. Now, with his fiancee kidnapped, Jake must survive the night in a place where the law doesn't apply.


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  • Anti-Villain: Dragon, one of Odin's lieutenants, may be a criminal enforcer, but he genuinely believes in Odin's plan of eliminating all drugs in his territory (which is a lie, but Dragon doesn't know this), and is fiercely protective of his brother. He reforms and joins Jake at the end.
  • Big Bad: Odin, a crime boss trying to control Jungleground.
  • Big Bad Wannabe: Basetti, a drug kingpin who has cornered that market in Jungleground, tires to be a threat, but Odin and the Ragnarockers are far more proactive in their villainy.
  • Crapsack World: Jungleground is a section of the city so full of criminals that the police refuse to go there for fear of their lives. It's in such a constant and extreme Mob War that there is no neutral ground.
  • Foreign Culture Fetish: Odin and the Ragnarockers as a whole are obsessed with the Old Norse, down to taking Norse god codenames and naming their nightclub Valhalla.
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  • Heel–Face Turn: Dragon, one of Odin's lieutenants, joins Jake after he learns that Odin lied about ending the drug trade.
  • Hooker with a Heart of Gold: Jake's only ally in his attempt to escape Odin's men is a prostitute who witnessed his capture earlier.
  • Hunting the Most Dangerous Game: After capturing Jake, Odin has a bunch of his lieutenants chase him through Jungleground for his own amusement.
  • I Have Your Wife: Odin has two of his assassins take Jake's girlfriend hostage to force him to participate in his game.
  • Loophole Abuse: Jake manages to escape before dawn, thus winning Odin's game and promise to not kill him. Odin says that he won't kill Jake, but his goons will.
  • Mob War: Odin starts one with the other dominant powers of Jungleground in an attempt to take their territory.
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  • Shout-Out: When Jake holds a gun to a goon's head, he tells him to "Be vewwy, vewwy quiet."
  • Straight Edge Evil: The Ragnarockers kill anybody who sells drugs in their area, acting like it's because they don't want poison on their streets. This is a lie, they just want to sell the drugs themselves.
  • Villain Opening Scene: A Ragnarocker assassinating a rival drug dealer and hitman.


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